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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

The first black mayor in Valdosta spent his first day in office Friday.

Thursday the Valdosta City Council appointed City Councilman Sonny Vickers as interim mayor.

He replaces John Fretti who resigned after pleading guilty to making false statements in an expense reimbursement scandal.

Sonny Vickers is making history in Valdosta as the city's first black mayor.

 "I feel proud and I feel proud for the community," said Vickers.

He was named interim mayor at Thursday night's council meeting.

 "I feel very honored that my fellow council members had the confidence in me," said Vickers.

Vickers will serve as mayor until December 31.

"We had a little bump in the road and we corrected that bump and we up right now and we're going to sail on until the first of the year and I'm going to hold it down until we get a new mayor," said Vickers.

Vickers has served on city council since 1985 through seven different mayors and recalls his first years in office.

"We had bad water," said Vickers. "We had 26 miles of dirt streets, thirteen of 26 was in my district."

Vickers stepped down from his district three post to accept the position and a former councilman Hoke Hampton has stepped in.

At the beginning of next year, Vickers will return as the district three councilman. He qualified and he's running unopposed.

And while he won't be the mayor for long, he'll go down in history.

Three candidates qualified to run for mayor in Valdosta, Brooks Bivins, John Gayle, and Gary Minchew.

 
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